The rector of the private school of sages in orange dressing gown from TiBet or MacsBet, I don't remember, was a senile old man, Confucius, and he preached: See that wall? Go and hit your head against it and then hit that bald guy sleeping next to him as well. The disciple complied; he returned to the master defeated, to learn the wisdom. Well, do you see the difference now? Karma is when you're stupid and the wall responds to your stupidity, and revenge is when you're both stupid, with a slight advantage of the other's stupidity. Just like that.

(Translated by Diana Stănescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by Silvia Petrescu, coordinator of the translations)

Real Fiction is a collective project started in 2013 by Florin Piersic Jr. The concept of Real Fiction continued to exist as a Facebook group, after a volume of stories was published at Humanitas Publishing House. (In March 2023, the group has 10,790 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, with the texts limited to 500 characters (in Romanian, so the length of the English translation might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise on a topic that changes every few days. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, Răzvan Penescu, Luchian Abel, and Vlad Mușat. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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